Australians in India could face Jail and Fines if they return from India
The alarmingly increasing COVID-19 cases in India has resulted in one more severe international decision regarding the country. Taking this into the account, Australia has put forward strict restriction rules for Australian residents and citizens in India.
Restrictions to return to Australia
According to this plan, Australian residents are banned from entering Australia and those citizens who disobey this rule and return to Australia can face severe consequences- up to 5 years in prison, a fine worth AUD 66,000 or both.
Health Minister Greg Hunt stated “The government does not make these decisions lightly. However, it is critical the integrity of the Australian public health and quarantine systems is protected and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities is reduced to a manageable level.”
These martinet rules are made to maintain the security and safety against COVID-19 in Australia.
According to the Australian Government, they will revisit the situations and reconsider the travel restrictions from India on May 15.
Additionally, this is also the first time that Australia has banned its own citizens from returning to the country.
Human Right Group voices against the matter
Nevertheless, the human rights team of Australia is not overboard with the plan. They mentioned that Australia should focus on buttressing the quarantine system rather than inflicting punishment on their citizens.
Elaine Pearson, the Human Rights Watch’s Australia director, said, “This is an outrageous response. Australians have a right to return to their own country. The government should be looking for ways to safely quarantine Australians returning from India, instead of focusing their efforts on prison sentenced and harsh punishments.”
This is not the first time that an international country has banned India due to the sudden surge in India’s COVID-19 cases and death tolls.
As of recently, Canada suspended Indian and Pakistani flights for a period of a month.